Ride Your Wave
Masaaki Yuasa, 2019 (96m)
19-year-old Hinako moves away from her family home in the city to start a new life in a small seaside town, where she can attend college and pursue her passion of surfing. After a fire in her new apartment building, she meets and falls in love with firefighter Minato. The two start dating, and within months decide to move in together. Everything changes when Minato is killed in a tragic surfing accident. A distraught Hinako struggles to readjust to life without her boyfriend. But her world is turned upside down once again when Minato begins appearing to her in water whenever she sings their favourite song. Prolific director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Lu Over The Wall) returns with his most charming film yet. Ride Your Wave is another bright and energetic film that moves along at a delightful pace. It’s also a confident evolution of Yuasa’s usual storytelling style, offering a beautiful romance and heartwarming coming-of-age story on top of the eye-catching images we’ve come to expect from the modern anime master.